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Big South Announces 2024 Preseason Softball Poll & Honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( – Longwood University and USC Upstate have been voted the co-favorite in the Big South Conference’s annual preseason softball poll by the league’s head coaches, it was announced today by the conference office.  In addition, the coaches voted USC Upstate outfielder Denver Lauer (Olney, Md.) the league’s Preseason Player of the Year, and Spartans’ hurler Maddie Drerup (Fort Mill, S.C.) as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.  Both players also earned spots on the inaugural preseason All-Conference team, which is listed below.